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List of Otto Preminger Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
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16
Anatomy of a Murder
63
16

This courtroom-drama film revolves around a Michigan lawyer, Paul Biegler, who takes the case of Army Lt. Manion who murders a local innkeeper after his wife claimed that he had raped her. 

As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Otto Preminger
Genres:
Mystery, Drama, Thriller, Crime
Star Cast:
James Stewart, Lee Remick, Ben Gazzara, George C. Scott, Arthur O'Connell, Eve Arden
2. Laura (1944)
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12
Laura
47
12

A police detective in Manhattan is investigating the murder of a woman in her fashionable apartment. As the detective becomes more and more involved with the case, he also finds himself in love with the dead woman.  

As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Otto Preminger
Genres:
Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery
Star Cast:
Vincent Price, Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, Judith Anderson, Clifton Webb
4. Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950)
15
5
Where the Sidewalk Ends
15
5
As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Otto Preminger
Genres:
Drama, Film-Noir, Crime
Star Cast:
Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, Tom Tully, Gary Merrill, Bert Freed
5. The Man with the Golden Arm (1955)
16
6
The Man with the Golden Arm
TV-14
16
6

The Man with the Golden Arm is an American drama film which tells the story of Frankie Machine, a heroin addict, who is released from jail. He struggles to avoid slipping back into addiction, and meanwhile, he also tries to rebuild his life.

As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Otto Preminger
Genres:
Film-Noir, Romance, Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Frank Sinatra, Eleanor Parker, Kim Novak, Arnold Stang, Darren McGavin
6. Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965)
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5
Bunny Lake Is Missing
14
5
As:
Cast, Producer, Director, Narrator
Director:
Otto Preminger
Genres:
Mystery, Thriller
Star Cast:
Laurence Olivier, Anna Massey, Oliver Reed, Martita Hunt
7. In Harm's Way (1965)
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5
In Harm's Way
14
5

Navy Captain Torrey manages to bring his ship through the Pearl Harbor bombing unscathed. However, the ship is later damaged in a subsequent battle due to his negligence, which leads to his demotion. Soon, he tries to mend his relationship with his estranged son, and begins to take a liking to a nurse named Maggie. However he is soon called back for duty. Torrey sees his as his second opportunity to prove himself.    

As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Otto Preminger
Genres:
Drama, War
8. Angel Face (1953)
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5
Angel Face
13
5
As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Otto Preminger
Genres:
Crime, Thriller, Film-Noir, Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Robert Mitchum, Jean Simmons, Herbert Marshall, Leon Ames, Mona Freeman
9. Fallen Angel (1945)
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5
Fallen Angel
11
5
As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Otto Preminger
Genres:
Crime, Mystery, Film-Noir, Romance
Star Cast:
John Carradine, Charles Bickford, Alice Faye, Linda Darnell, Dana Andrews
11. Bonjour tristesse (1958)
10
5
Bonjour tristesse
10
5
As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Otto Preminger
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
David Niven, Deborah Kerr, Jean Seberg, Mylène Demongeot, Geoffrey Horne
12. Daisy Kenyon (1947)
8
4
Daisy Kenyon
8
4
As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Otto Preminger
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Joan Crawford, Henry Fonda, Dana Andrews, Ruth Warrick, Martha Stewart
14. A Royal Scandal (1945)
7
3
A Royal Scandal
7
3

Known for her numerous affairs, Catherine the Great, discards her latest lover and begins an affair with young officer Alexei Chernoff, much to the displeasure of Chernoff’s fiancée. As one of her generals, Ronsky schemes to dethrone Catherine, her chancellor, Nicolai Ilyitch, must not only stop him but prevent any new scandals. 

As:
Director
Director:
Ernst Lubitsch, Otto Preminger
Genres:
History, Drama, Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Eva Gabor, Anne Baxter, Vincent Price, Charles Coburn, Tallulah Bankhead, William Eythe
15. Exodus (1960)
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6
Exodus
13
6

This historical drama film revolves around the creation of the State of Israel, created in 1948. This however results in war with its Arab neighbors.

As:
Cast, Producer, Director, Voiceover
Director:
Otto Preminger
Genres:
Drama, War, History, Action
Star Cast:
Paul Newman, Eva Marie Saint, Sal Mineo, Lee J. Cobb, Ralph Richardson, Peter Lawford
16. Carmen Jones (1954)
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5
Carmen Jones
10
5

Set during World War II, the film revolves around Carmen Jones, who works in a parachute factory. When she is arrested after having a fight with a co-worker, she seduces a young soldier, Joe, in order to avoid imprisonment. But, the problem arises when another man enters her life and she leaves Joe.

As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Otto Preminger
Genres:
Romance, Musical, Drama
Star Cast:
Harry Belafonte, Diahann Carroll, Dorothy Dandridge, Pearl Bailey, Olga James, Joe Adams
17. Whirlpool (1950)
9
4
Whirlpool
9
4
As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Otto Preminger
Genres:
Drama, Mystery, Romance, Crime, Thriller, Film-Noir
Star Cast:
Gene Tierney, Charles Bickford, Barbara O'Neil, Richard Conte, José Ferrer
18. The Cardinal (1963)
8
4
The Cardinal
TV-14
8
4
As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Otto Preminger
Genres:
History, Drama, War
Star Cast:
Ossie Davis, Romy Schneider, John Huston, Dorothy Gish, Cecil Kellaway, Maggie McNamara, Tom Tryon
19. The Moon Is Blue (1953)
8
4
The Moon Is Blue
TV-PG
8
4
As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Otto Preminger
Genres:
Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
David Niven, William Holden, Tom Tully, Dawn Addams, Maggie McNamara
20. The Fan (1949)
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3
The Fan
6
3

Lord Windermere appears to all as the perfect husband, including his young wife Margaret. However, their happy marriage is sabotaged, after Lord Windermere begins to spend his afternoons with an adventuress who is working her way through London’s high society. Things even get worse after Lord Windermere asks his wife to invite Margaret to her own birthday party.

As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Otto Preminger
Genres:
Comedy, Romance
Star Cast:
Jeanne Crain, Madeleine Carroll, George Sanders, Richard Greene, Martita Hunt
21. Kidnapped (1938)
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3
Kidnapped
6
3

Based on the 1886 novel of the same name by RL Stevenson, this adventure drama film revolves around David Balfour, whose evil uncle arranges for him to be kidnapped and sent to sea. However, David’s life takes a turn after he gets unwillingly attached to Alan Breck, a rebel, who murders a tax collector.

As:
Director
Director:
Alfred L. Werker, Otto Preminger
Genres:
Drama, Adventure
Star Cast:
John Carradine, C. Aubrey Smith, Warner Baxter, Reginald Owen, Freddie Bartholomew
22. River of No Return (1954)
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River of No Return
14
7

After completing his prison sentence, farmer Matt Calder returns his town in order to reunite with his young son. Meanwhile, a bar singer Kay is heading downriver with her boyfriend Harry, in order to explore a potential gold claim. When their raft sinks, Harry robs Matt of his gun and his horse, and he continues on his journey without Kay. Therefore, the three of them plan revenge.

As:
Director
Director:
Jean Negulesco, Otto Preminger
Genres:
Adventure, Western, Romance
Star Cast:
Marilyn Monroe, Rory Calhoun, Robert Mitchum, Murvyn Vye, Tommy Rettig
23. Forever Amber (1947)
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4
Forever Amber
7
4

Forever Young is a historical adventure drama film which takes us to seventeenth-century England. The film revolves around a young country girl named Amber St Clair, who attempts to raise herself to nobility. Although she develops feelings for a soldier named Bruce, she decides to get married to the Earl of Radcliffe, after the latter takes a liking to her.

As:
Director
Director:
John M. Stahl, Otto Preminger
Genres:
History, Drama, Adventure
Star Cast:
Jessica Tandy, Vincent Price, John Russell, George Sanders, Richard Greene
24. Saint Joan (1957)
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4
Saint Joan
6
4

Based on a play by George Bernard Shaw, the movie tells the story of Joan of Arc. The French saint and heroine led the French army in many successful battles against the English until she was tragically betrayed and burnt at the stake for her connection to God.  

As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Otto Preminger
Genres:
Biography, History, Drama
Star Cast:
John Gielgud, Richard Todd, Richard Widmark, Jean Seberg, Felix Aylmer, Anton Walbrook
25. Danger - Love at Work (1937)
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3
Danger - Love at Work
6
3

Henry MacMorrow is a junior partner working at a law firm who is assigned a task of obtaining the signatures of several members of the Pemberton family so that a property owned by them can be sold. He makes his way to their home by train, and on route, he meets Junior Pemberton, and his sister Toni. Toni eventually starts  developing feelings for Henry.

As:
Director
Director:
Otto Preminger
Genres:
Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Ann Sothern, John Carradine, Edward Everett Horton, Jack Haley, Mary Boland
26. Nancy Steele Is Missing! (1937)
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3
Nancy Steele Is Missing!
6
3
As:
Director
Director:
George Marshall, Otto Preminger
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Peter Lorre, John Carradine, Victor McLaglen, Walter Connolly, June Lang, Robert Kent
27. Under Your Spell (1936)
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3
Under Your Spell
6
3
As:
Director
Director:
Otto Preminger
Genres:
Romance, Music, Comedy
Star Cast:
Gregory Gaye, Lawrence Tibbett, Wendy Barrie, Gregory Ratoff, Arthur Treacher
28. The 13th Letter (1951)
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3
The 13th Letter
6
3

The 13th Letter is a mystery film which tells the story of Dr Pearson, who comes to a quiet town in Quebec to set up his medical practice. He lodges in the house of another doctor named Paul. Things get complicated when someone begins to write letters accusing Dr Pearson and Cora, Paul’s wife of having an affair.

As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Otto Preminger
Genres:
Film-Noir, Mystery
Star Cast:
Charles Boyer, Françoise Rosay, Linda Darnell, Michael Rennie, Constance Smith
29. Centennial Summer (1946)
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3
Centennial Summer
6
3

The musical revolves around The Centennial International Exhibition of 1876. Julia and Edith’s Aunt, Zenia, visits them with nephew Philippe Lascalles, who’s in charge of the French Pavilion at the exposition. Both sisters fall in love with him and try in their own way to win him over. While Philippe is drawn to Julia, Edith accepts marriage-proposal of longtime suitor Dr. Phelps. 

As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Otto Preminger
Genres:
Musical, History, Romance
Star Cast:
Walter Brennan, Jeanne Crain, Linda Darnell, Cornel Wilde, William Eythe
30. The Human Factor (1979)
6
4
The Human Factor
R
6
4

The adaptation of Graham Greene’s novel ‘The Human Factor’, follows mid-level MI6 bureaucrat Maurice Castle, who unwittingly becomes a mole leaking information to the Soviets, while trying to get his African wife out of apartheid South Africa. Castle will be tested with the MI6 out to find and kill the mole. 

As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Otto Preminger
Genres:
Thriller, Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Derek Jacobi, Richard Attenborough, John Gielgud, Robert Morley, Joop Doderer
31. Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon (1970)
6
4
Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon
PG
6
4

This romantic comedy drama film tells the story of three wildly neurotic characters. The first one is a facially disfigured girl; the second one is a homosexual paraplegic, and the last one is an introverted epileptic. After being discharged from the hospital, they decide to move in together in a cottage, to support one another.

As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Otto Preminger
Genres:
Drama, Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Liza Minnelli, James Coco, Robert Moore, Kay Thompson, Ken Howard
32. Such Good Friends (1971)
5
4
Such Good Friends
R
5
4

New York housewife, Julie Messinger, is happy with her successful art-director husband Richard. When he goes into coma following a routine surgery, she is shocked to discover that Richard was having numerous extra-marital affairs, some with her close friends. Upset and indignant, she gets drunk and has affairs on the rebound. But when Richard’s complications worsen, she wants him to live on. 

As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Otto Preminger
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Laurence Luckinbill, Doris Roberts, Nina Foch, Dyan Cannon, Jennifer O'Neill, Ken Howard
33. The Great Love (1931)
5
3
The Great Love
5
3
As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Otto Preminger
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Betty Bird, Hansi Niese, Attila Hörbiger, Ferdinand Mayerhofer, Hugo Thimig
34. Die Jungfrau auf dem Dach (1953)
5
3
Die Jungfrau auf dem Dach
5
3
As:
Cast, Producer, Director
Director:
Otto Preminger
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
William Holden, Tom Tully, Dawn Addams, Johanna Matz
35. Hurry Sundown (1967)
5
4
Hurry Sundown
5
4

In rural Georgia, bigoted, greedy Henry Warren and his wife Julie Ann plan to sell their land but to do so they need to sell two adjoining lands. When the landowners, Reeve and Rad form an alliance against Henry, a desperate Henry resolves to heinous tactics including involving the KKK to get what he wants. 

As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Otto Preminger
Genres:
Drama
36. That Lady in Ermine (1948)
5
4
That Lady in Ermine
5
4

That Lady in Ermine is a romantic comedy fantasy film which shows us the life of Countess Angelina, ruler of Bergamo in southeastern Europe. She gets married to Mario, a baron she has known since her childhood days. However, things get complicated when their castle is threatened on the very night of their wedding, after which Mario decides to flee. To aid Angelina against the attackers, Francesca, one of her ancestors, who looks exactly like Angelina, comes to life from a painting.

As:
Director
Director:
Ernst Lubitsch, Otto Preminger
Genres:
Fantasy, Musical, Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Betty Grable, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Cesar Romero, Walter Abel, Reginald Gardiner
37. Margin for Error (1943)
5
3
Margin for Error
5
3

Margin for Error is a war drama comedy film which tells the story of a Jewish patrolman, who is quite upset to learn that he has been assigned the task of guarding a Nazi diplomat.

As:
Cast, Director
Director:
Otto Preminger
Genres:
War, Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Milton Berle, Joan Bennett, Carl Esmond, Howard Freeman
38. In the Meantime, Darling (1944)
4
4
In the Meantime, Darling
4
4

Maggie and Daniel are newly married, and they move to a base for soldiers and their wives. While Daniel is preparing for serving in the Second World War, Maggie has problems adjusting to her new life, since she comes from an affluent family. This attitude causes tension with some of the other soldier’s wives, but one of them decides to help her adjust.

As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Otto Preminger
Genres:
Comedy, War
Star Cast:
Blake Edwards, Jeanne Crain, Eugene Pallette, Mary Nash, Frank Latimore
39. Rosebud (1975)
4
4
Rosebud
PG
4
4

Reporter, Larry Martin, working undercover for the CIA is tasked with the rescue of five kidnapped wealthy girls from the yacht Rosebud. The girls have been kidnapped by the anti-Israel Palestinian Liberation Army. Meanwhile, Sloat, the extremist head of Black September is also heading the same way but with different intent. 

As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Otto Preminger
Genres:
Thriller, Adventure, Drama, Action
Star Cast:

TV Shows

The Billy Rose Show
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1
The Billy Rose Show
9
1
As:
Cast
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Cloris Leachman, Frank Albertson, Judith Anderson, Billy Rose

Movies (Actor)

1. Stalag 17 (1953)
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11
Stalag 17
43
11

During WWII, two American airmen trying to escape German POW camp at Stalag 17, are caught and killed. The remaining prisoners think they have a traitor amidst them and they suspect Sergeant Sefton to be an informer as he often traded with the guards for small privileges. When Sefton receives rough treatment from fellow prisoners, he decides to find the real culprit.

As:
Cast
Role:
Oberst von Scherbach
Director:
Genres:
Comedy, War, Drama
Star Cast:
William Holden, Peter Graves, Don Taylor, Robert Strauss, Harvey Lembeck
2. Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965)
13
5
Bunny Lake Is Missing
13
5
As:
Cast, Producer, Director, Narrator
Director:
Otto Preminger
Genres:
Mystery, Thriller
Star Cast:
Laurence Olivier, Anna Massey, Oliver Reed, Martita Hunt
3. The Pied Piper (1942)
7
3
The Pied Piper
7
3

The Pied Piper is a drama film which tells the story of John Sidney, an English man holidaying in France, in 1940. But his life turns upside down after he learns that the Germans have invaded. Although he dislikes little kids, he agrees to help a couple get their two children safely back to England. However, this seems harder than he expected.

As:
Cast
Role:
Maj. Diessen
Director:
Irving Pichel
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Anne Baxter, J. Carrol Naish, Monty Woolley, Roddy McDowall
4. Exodus (1960)
11
6
Exodus
11
6

This historical drama film revolves around the creation of the State of Israel, created in 1948. This however results in war with its Arab neighbors.

As:
Cast, Producer, Director, Voiceover
Director:
Otto Preminger
Genres:
Drama, War, History, Action
Star Cast:
Paul Newman, Eva Marie Saint, Sal Mineo, Lee J. Cobb, Ralph Richardson, Peter Lawford
5. They Got Me Covered (1943)
6
3
They Got Me Covered
6
3

Fired by his editor due to his incompetence, an idiotic reporter seeks to redeem himself after he accidentally uncovers a network of Nazi spies in Washington. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Fauscheim
Director:
David Butler
Genres:
Musical, Comedy, War
Star Cast:
Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Dorothy Lamour, Eduardo Ciannelli
6. Our Corpses Still Live (1981)
5
3
Our Corpses Still Live
5
3
As:
Cast
Director:
Rosa von Praunheim
Star Cast:
Lotti Huber, Inka Köhler, Luzi Kryn, Maria Christiana Leven
7. Die Jungfrau auf dem Dach (1953)
5
3
Die Jungfrau auf dem Dach
5
3
As:
Cast, Producer, Director
Director:
Otto Preminger
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
William Holden, Tom Tully, Dawn Addams, Johanna Matz
8. Margin for Error (1943)
5
4
Margin for Error
5
4

Margin for Error is a war drama comedy film which tells the story of a Jewish patrolman, who is quite upset to learn that he has been assigned the task of guarding a Nazi diplomat.

As:
Cast, Director
Role:
Karl Baumer
Director:
Otto Preminger
Genres:
War, Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Milton Berle, Joan Bennett, Carl Esmond, Howard Freeman
9. Where Do We Go from Here? (1945)
5
4
Where Do We Go from Here?
5
4

Bill Morgan wants to join the military during World War II to impress the beautiful Lucilla Powell. However, he is rated as unfit for the army.  He soon finds a magic lamp, from which a genie emerges. The genie grants him his wish of serving in the Army, but gets the era wrong. Bill therefore finds himself at a different time in history.

As:
Cast, uncredited
Director:
Gregory Ratoff, George Seaton
Genres:
Musical, Fantasy
Star Cast:
Fred MacMurray, Anthony Quinn, Rory Calhoun, Gene Sheldon, Joan Leslie

Narrator/Dubbing

Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965)
14
5
Bunny Lake Is Missing
14
5
As:
Cast, Producer, Director, Narrator
Role:
On-screen Trailer Host and Narrator (uncredited)
Director:
Otto Preminger
Genres:
Mystery, Thriller
Star Cast:
Laurence Olivier, Anna Massey, Oliver Reed, Martita Hunt
Exodus (1960)
12
6
Exodus
12
6

This historical drama film revolves around the creation of the State of Israel, created in 1948. This however results in war with its Arab neighbors.

As:
Cast, Producer, Director, Voiceover
Role:
Voice of opponent on the ship (uncredited)
Director:
Otto Preminger
Genres:
Drama, War, History, Action
Star Cast:
Paul Newman, Eva Marie Saint, Sal Mineo, Lee J. Cobb, Ralph Richardson, Peter Lawford
Skidoo (1968)
4
4
Skidoo
R
4
4
As:
Cast, Producer, Director, Voiceover
Role:
We would like to introduce our cast and crew (voice) (uncredited)
Director:
Otto Preminger
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Mickey Rooney, Frankie Avalon, Jackie Gleason, Slim Pickens, Michael Constantine, Frank Gorshin, Fred Clark

Animation Movies

The Hobbit (1977)
10
5
The Hobbit
10
5
As:
Cast, Voiceover
Role:
The Elvenking (voice)
Director:
Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr.
Genres:
Family, Fantasy, Animation, Adventure, Musical
Star Cast:
John Huston, Thurl Ravenscroft, Paul Frees, Hans Conried

Special Appearance/Cameo

Where Do We Go from Here? (1945)
9
6
Where Do We Go from Here?
9
6

Bill Morgan wants to join the military during World War II to impress the beautiful Lucilla Powell. However, he is rated as unfit for the army.  He soon finds a magic lamp, from which a genie emerges. The genie grants him his wish of serving in the Army, but gets the era wrong. Bill therefore finds himself at a different time in history.

As:
Cast, uncredited
Role:
General Rahl (uncredited)
Director:
Gregory Ratoff, George Seaton
Genres:
Musical, Fantasy
Star Cast:
Fred MacMurray, Anthony Quinn, Rory Calhoun, Gene Sheldon, Joan Leslie